While we were in Owen Sound (see the previous post), we had hiked to Inglis Falls.
We hiked on the Bruce Trail to get to the falls.
Back in Carleton Place, we realized that we were missing our wonderful hikes and travelling. We started to think about a trip away from our wonderful Carleton Place.
Linda walking on the O-Kee-Lee trail in Carleton Place. It’s a short but quaint trail on the North side of the Mississippi River near the town hall.
A nice reflection on the Mississippi River of CP Town Hall.
We are enjoying our house and the fruits of our sticking stuff in the ground. Here is Pierre holding onto a freshly picked green bell pepper. Magic!
But the itch was too strong! We hitched up and left town…this time toward Lake Superior Provincial Park. We stopped along the way for a short break…it’s good to have one’s own facilities when travelling.
We stopped in Mattawa to visit Big Joe Mufferaw at the museum.
Above is the statue and Stompin’ Tom Conners wrote a song about Big Joe.
I found this on YouTube.
Linda went out on a walk and found this anchor in the park behind the sculpture of Big Joe Mufferaw…interestingly as we were leaving the park, we ran into a person who told us that her uncle had carved the sculpture…it’s a small world.
Here we are at our first camp on the way to Lake Superior Provincial Park. This is our campsite at Samuel de Champlain Provincial Park. We had initially picked a different campsite but it wasn’t as scenic as the one above; we re-hitched and moved! Just behind the photo is the Mattawa River and the public beach. We were there only one night, so it was easy to ignore the kids…I went out for a run after we arrived and Linda told me there was a screaming kid there most of the time I was gone.
Linda wanted to go on a hike as soon as I returned and off we went. There was no reason to change after the 10k (6 mile) run. This was on the Kag Trail where there were lots of mushrooms. See the Facebook page for the mushroom photos.
Linda on the trail.
This was Gem Lake.
I thought it was an interesting tree.
There were some very steep portions on this trail, though most of it was easy.
I managed to get a reverse view of the site before we left.
Arriving at Chutes Provincial Park…the river still flows.
And Pierre still sneaks snacks on a hike…OK…Linda was kind enough to sneak the snack on the hike, but I did finish them.
We hiked the Twin Bridges Trail.
As I looked at these smoothed out rocks, I was imagining the centuries of water carving them out to be so smooth. Water always wins!
It’s a lovely campsite, same as last fall as there are no services and few neighbours. It’s right by the falls so you can hear them.
No-one complains about our clothes line either.
Puck the travelling cat followed Linda down to the falls in the morning.
He liked them enough that he didn’t want to go up the stairs back to the campsite.
Of course, when we camped at Pancake Bay Provincial Park, Puck had to go exploring.
Somewhere we read that there was a bicycle trail to the lookout.
It really wasn’t a bike trail! We did it and when we arrived at the bottom of the lookout, the stairs were under repair. We climbed up beside them…and the selfie presented.
The clouds on the horizon were an interesting show of what a temperature drop can do.
It was a beautiful lookout over Pancake Bay.
The way back was just as fun as the way up; with rocks, roots and other hazards. There appeared to be a different way back on the trail map, so we gave it a try, but when we arrived at what was supposed to be a road, we realized that it was meant for ATV’s and off road vehicles with Kevlar tires.
Two views of our dinner table on the beach.
The candle holder was a gift from our neighbour at home and it made the dinner beautiful.
The beach walk after dinner…the clouds were starting to roll in… but they didn’t give us the spectacular sunset we were expecting.
Back on the road to Lake Superior Provincial Park Agawa Bay campground…I think Pierre’s hair is trying to escape.